The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium is composed of more than 30 world-class marine scientists and technical specialists who have devoted their careers to improving ocean health through leveraging applied research and data-driven conservation efforts. Learn more about them and their research.


Vice President

John Mandelman, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientist

Senior Scientists and Program Directors

Elizabeth Burgess, Ph.D., Research Scientist I and Chair, Wildlife and Ocean Health Program
Jeff Kneebone, Ph.D., Research Scientist I
Amy Knowlton, Senior Research Scientist
Philip Hamilton, Senior Scientist and Interim Chair, Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program
Jessica V. Redfern, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Ocean Conservation Science
Sarah Reiter, Director, Ocean Policy
Elizabeth Stephenson, Director, Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF)
Nick Whitney, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Chair, Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program

Program and Scientific Staff

Michelle Cho, Project Lead, Wild Fisheries
Kara Dodge, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Emily Duwan, Program Manager
Melinda Edie, Program Associate
Laura Ganley, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist II
Kelsey Howe, Associate Research Scientist I
Sharon Hsu, Research Technician II
Charlie Innis, VDM, Associated Scientist
Emily Jones, Associate Scientist I
Marilyn Marx, Associate Research Scientist I
Katherine McKenna, Assistant Research Scientist
Kate McPherson, Research Technician II
Orla O’Brien, Associate Research Scientist II
Dan Pendleton, Ph.D, Research Scientist
Heather Pettis, Research Scientist II
Kara Mahoney Robinson, Research Technician II
Matt Thompson, Project Lead, Aquaculture
Shelby Vance, Research Technician
Amy Warren, Assistant Research Scientist
Lena Weiss, Fisheries Specialist
Monica Zani, Associate Research Scientist


Moira Brown, Ph.D., Scientist Emeritus
Salvatore Cerchio, Ph.D., Anderson Cabot Center Visiting Scientist
John Chisholm, Adjunct Scientist
Scott Kraus, Ph.D., Emeritus Scientist
Andy Mann, Affiliate Program Specialist
Harold “Wes” Pratt, Adjunct Scientist
Rosalind Rolland, Ph.D., Emeritus Scientist